Crooked Colours to light up Karova

Shades: West Australian-born trio Crooked Colours are making waves in countries they are yet to tour.
Shades: West Australian-born trio Crooked Colours are making waves in countries they are yet to tour.

Crooked Colours has a foot in each band camp.

The electro trio have found acclaim in continents they are yet to tour with the release of their debut album, Vera, last month.

Vera debuted at number 14 on the ARIA album chart and topped the iTunes Dance Chart.

Crooked Colours’ mix of electronica and indie rock has been a passport to a broader audience, frontman Phil Slabber said.

The band started “from scratch” and took out 18 months to produce their debut. 

When we started making music we didn’t really have a plan. We didn’t really have a bunch of music ready to go and a distinct sound to bank on.

Crooked Colours frontman Phil Slabber

Crooked Colours will play Ballarat’s Karova Lounge next month. 

“When we started making music we didn’t really have a plan. We didn’t really have a bunch of music ready to go and a distinct sound to bank on.

“Then it became time to do an album so we really started the album right from scratch which took us a long time. We didn’t want to put something out that six months later we thought, ‘we can do that better now’.”

Slabber grew up in south west Western Australia and in high school was a singer songwriter. The band broke out in 2013 when they were chosen by triple j Unearthed to headline St Jerome’s Laneway Festival.

“It was a real rootsy scene down there and then started dabbling in a bit of DJing and then I met Leon two years into that, who was also DJing, and I think that’s worked out well, we melded the two backgrounds,” he said.

Vera, named after the album’s instrumental, is an album written to be listened to from start to end. 

“”We definitely wanted to have it as a progression. We didn’t want it to be a collection of singles, we wanted it to be a whole experience,” Slabber said.

“We’ve had a lot of people say that this is from them a listening album because right now it’s at that space where everyone listens track by track, and that’s the danger, you don’t want to make an album where people listens to the single and not the rest of it and that’s kind of what makes the whole album process so daunting.”

Crooked Colours will play Karova Lounge, Camp Street on Friday, August 4 supported by MUTO. Tickets are $25 plus booking fee. Doors open at 8.30pm. Book at karovalounge.com.